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Continence hotline set up for men impacted by prostate cancer to speak to a specialist nurse

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It’s one of the most common conditions affecting Australian men and women, but when continence issues come up, few of us know where to turn.

That’s changed today with Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) hosting a Continence Call-In Day for World Continence Week (June 20-26).

Men impacted by prostate cancer can phone 1800 22 00 99 until 8pm (AEST) to speak with a PCFA specialist nurse.

PCFA general manager of supportive services, Bernie Riley, says around five million Australians have a form of incontinence.

“Providing people with access to affordable, reliable support and information on continence is key to community health,” Riley says.

“It’s common for men to experience urinary and bowel problems after treatment for prostate cancer, but there are a range of ways to help manage these symptoms.

“Our nurses are experts in this field and can provide advice on treatment options and connect men to specialist support services.

“Treatment options will depend on the underlying cause, but once you are diagnosed, there are a number of avenues men can explore.”

PCFA CEO Anne Savage says more than 230,000 men are living after a prostate cancer diagnosis in Australia.

“Prostate cancer accounts for more hospitalisations than any other type of cancer in Australia,” she says.

“With so many men impacted, it’s vital that we provide support for patients in the days, weeks, and months after their treatment, when the side-effects of their treatment can prove challenging.

“Prostate cancer survivors who have questions about continence are welcome to give us a call today, or any day, for expert information and support. We’re here to help.”

Phone 1800 22 00 99 or click here for more information.

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